Ammocharis tinneana (Kotschy & Peyr.) Milne-Redh. & Schweick.

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Ammocharis tinneana

Open woodland; cultivated Lilayi
mature bulbs displaying long neck
Jul 2012
Photo: Nick Wightman

Ammocharis tinneana

Open woodland; cultivated Lilayi
The pure white flowers open about an hour after sunset
Nov 2014
Photo: Nick Wightman

Ammocharis tinneana

Open woodland; cultivated Lilayi
By the first morning, the flowers have developed a slight pink tinge
Nov 2014
Photo: Nick Wightman

Ammocharis tinneana

Open woodland; cultivated Lilayi
The inflorescence sometimes opens in succession leading to a contrast of the new and old flowers
Nov 2014
Photo: Nick Wightman

Ammocharis tinneana

Open woodland; cultivated Lilayi
The infructescence develops quickly after fertilization producing sometimes dozens of seeds
Dec 2014
Photo: Nick Wightman

Ammocharis tinneana

Open woodland; cultivated Lilayi
Seeds are irregular in shape due to their development and can range from pea-sized to over 1cm across
Jan 2015
Photo: Nick Wightman.

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Synonyms: Crinum tinneanum Kotschy & Peyr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb, growing from a large underground bulb. Leaves in a basal rosette, invariably with a "cut-off" look, due to grazing by wildlife or cattle. Flowers in a large teminal umbel, pink to carmine.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: tinneana: named after A. Tinné, who collected the type in the Sudan in 1873
Habitat: A species of open deciduous woodland, particularly associated with Mopane, Baobabs or Combretum spp, where it may form small colonies.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: From Ethiopia southwards to Namibia and Mozambique
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): W
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 23 February 2016

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 4.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 84.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 7, plate 20

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 112.

Zimudzi, C., Archer, R.H., Kwembeya, E.G. & Nordal, I. (2008). Amaryllidacae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 133 - 134. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Ammocharis tinneana., retrieved 4 December 2022

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